In what is now becoming a tradition on UBC’s Okanagan campus, the academically- accomplished student-athletes were invited to a breakfast on campus with the Director of Athletics, who also invited university leaders and dignitaries for the early morning celebration.
A total of 43 UBC Okanagan student-athletes were honoured for their outstanding achievements in the classroom while competing for Heat varsity teams during the 2017-18 season.
Director of Athletics and Recreation Tom Huisman explained that the national organization U SPORTS recognizes student-athletes who achieve an academic average of 80 per cent or better while playing on a varsity sports team as Academic All-Canadians. UBC Okanagan’s male and female teams of basketball, volleyball, soccer participated within U SPORTS last year. Meanwhile, CCAA also recognizes the same level of academic accomplishment by honoring student-athletes with the distinction of its National Scholar Award, which for last year included our UBCO golf and cross-country teams.
“These student-athletes are incredible leaders today by virtue of the example that they set in the classroom and in their sport,” said Huisman. “And they are our future leaders in the community and their soon to be established careers.”
Huisman noted that over a quarter (28%) of all Heat student-athletes were recipients of the academic achievement awards last year. To be recognized student-athletes need to continue with their high academic achievement while also practicing, playing or travelling with their varsity teams up to 40 hours a week.
Academic All-Canadians and National Scholars by sport:
Cross Country: Alex Beswick*, Veronika Fagan, Camille Galloway, Rachel Garrett, Alexis Gee*, Owen Harris, Mike Mitchell, Julianna Neudorf*, Alex Spice
Basketball: Lindsey Bott*, Vanessa Botteselle, Carly Corrado*, Claire Feasby, Emma Johnson*, Kate Johnson*, Emma Jonas*, Jordan Korol, Jacob Stokker
Golf: Derek Graham
Soccer: Maya Bandy, Corbin Beauchemin, Lindsey Berthelsen, Lauren Candelario*, Bret Depner, Ally Ferronato, Liam Foulger*, Wyatt Gilbert*, Ryan Jerry*, Cole Kingzett*, Aaron Mulama, Andrea Stinson*, Susan Traynor*, Brittany Wheeler*
Volleyball: Keeley Bell, Lars Bornemann*, Erin Drew*, Siobhan Fitzpatrick*, Sophia Furlan, Sara McCreary, Ann Richards, Sadie Taylor-Parks, Skye Thompson*, Shawn Zhao
Academic All-Canadians and National Scholars by faculty:
Applied Science: Lars Bornemann*, Bret Depner, Mike Mitchell, Julianna Neudorf*, Alex Spice
Arts: Lindsey Bott*, Vanessa Botteselle, Carly Corrado*, Claire Feasby, Kate Johnson*, Jordan Korol, Sadie Taylor-Parks, Brittany Wheeler*
Fine Arts: Ann Richards
Human Kinetics: Lindsey Berthelsen, Alex Beswick*, Ally Ferronato, Liam Foulger*, Sophia Furlan, Rachel Garrett, Alexis Gee*, Wyatt Gilbert*, Owen Harris, Ryan Jerry*, Sara McCreary, Andrea Stinson*, Jacob Stokker, Susan Traynor*
Management: Lauren Candelario*, Derek Graham, Corbin Beauchemin
Media Studies: Emma Jonas*
Science: Maya Bandy, Erin Drew*, Siobhan Fitzpatrick*, Cole Kingzett*, Skye Thompson*, Shawn Zhao
Science in Nursing: Keeley Bell, Veronika Fagan, Camille Galloway, Emma Johnson*, Aaron Mulama
*Not in attendance (graduated, unable to attend, or no longer on one of the U SPORTS or CCAA varsity teams)